Ape and Essence Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Mrs. Coulton believe about how the narrator and William Tallis might have gotten along?

2. Who is living on Tallis' Cottonwood Ranch when it is visited by the filmmaker(s)?

3. Which of the following is true about the scientists' rediscovery of the world?

4. Who leads the team of gravediggers at the Southern California mausoleum?

5. Why does the narrator of "Tallis" believe that Gandhi was assassinated?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the first moment of commonality shared by Dr. Poole and Loola following the rite practiced by the Satanic Science Practitioner.

2. How is Dr. Poole described? What does Dr. Schneeglock think of him?

3. What is the importance of where Tallis preferred to be buried?

4. How do Bob Briggs and the narrator initially become interested in "Ape and Essence"?

5. Why are the gravediggers robbing graves?

6. What are the specifics of Bob Briggs' personal troubles at the outset of the novel?

7. What about Dr. Poole's presence is surprising to Chief?

8. Describe the scene in which baboons are gathered at a palace.

9. What are the Purification Ceremonies?

10. List the allusions/references found in this section of the text.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain the fictionalized world history put forth by Ape and Essence. How was the majority of mankind destroyed? Why was New Zealand spared? How does fear of war relate to the time period Huxley was writing in?

Essay Topic 2

The poetry of Percy Shelley is a crucial element in the novel. Examine the passages of Shelley's poetry engraved on William Tallis' gravestone. What does this poetry mean? Why was it chosen for the tombstone? What overall message should the reader take away from this poetry?

Essay Topic 3

Sex versus romance creates tension in Ape and Essence. Explain how this tension is developed through the following situations:

a) The relationship between Dr. Poole and Loola.

b) The relationship between Dr. Poole and Miss Ethel Hook.

c) The Chief's sexual behavior versus the Arch Vicar's sexual behavior

d) The seasonal mating ritual of the primitives

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